Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: A Novel (Hardcover)
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"A tongue-in-cheek take on the classic crime/murder genre, Stevenson's novel takes us to a family reunion at a snowy ski resort in Australia. And as the title suggests, not everyone in this family is someone you want to be snowed in with! Our narrator Ern takes us on a fun romp through the unwitting deaths, intentional murders, and bad luck of the Cunningham/Garcia family. As the bodies pile up, we are challenged to join in the search for the killer(s). A novel that breaks the fourth wall from the beginning, Benjamin Stevenson's book is a how-to-write-a-murder-mystery for those who never will."--Reviewed by Jennifer
February 2023 Indie Next List
“This is the best mystery I’ve read. The narrator understood that just because he was telling the story, it didn’t make the story about him. Every member of this family was given a story arc that also directly connected to the whole! So good!”
— Hannah Oxley, Mystery to Me, Madison, WI
Knives Out and Clue meet Agatha Christie and The Thursday Murder Club in this “utterly original” (Jane Harper), “not to be missed” (Karin Slaughter), fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery.
Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some just unfortunate.
I’m Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I’d killed whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it’s a little more complicated than that.
Have I killed someone? Yes. I have.
Who was it?
Let’s get started.
EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE
About the Author
Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. He has sold out shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has appeared on ABCTV, Channel 10, and The Comedy Channel. Off-stage, Benjamin has worked for publishing houses and literary agencies in Australia and the USA. He currently works with some of Australia's best-loved authors at Curtis Brown Australia. He is also the author of Greenlight (shortlisted for the Ned Kelly First Fiction Award) and Either Side of Midnight.
“I absolutely loved it. Utterly original, hugely entertaining, and a must-read for every fan of the mystery genre. What an exceptionally fresh, smart, funny book—I’ve never read anything like this before.” — Jane Harper
"As fresh and zingy as a salted lime. It's Knives Out meets Richard Osman. Or Dexter by way of Agatha Christie. Or Schitt's Creek with a body count. It's also the most luxuriantly enjoyable novel I've read in years. And years. I began toting my copy around town so that strangers would ask me about it -- who could resist that title? I only wish there were more members of the Cunningham clan, so that this raucous, matchlessly entertaining mystery could go on longer. Benjamin Stevenson, I’ve got a lot to learn from you." — AJ Finn
“Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone is a jaunty and clever mystery with unexpected twists. Absolutely not to be missed.” — Karin Slaughter
"Clever." — USA Today
“I absolutely LOVED it. It’s so engaging, entertaining and charming. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. It was SUCH a fun read.” — Marian Keyes
"Some readers are drawn to mysteries because they love the formula and logic—this one’s for them. ... This book and its author are cleverer than you and want you to know it." — Kirkus Reviews
"Exceptionally clever and amusing. ... Stevenson carries off this tour de force with all the aplomb of a master magician who conducts his tricks in plain view."? — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An ingenious and hilarious meta-murder mystery." — Sunday Times (London), best crime of the year
"Imaginative" — AARP Magazine